Friday, December 28, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Another primary figure in the bribery case of former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter will begin his prison stay in the coming weeks.
Flowery Branch businessman Carl "Skip" Cain was sentenced in September to 57 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to bribery and drug charges alongside John Fanning, Lasseter's son. A recently filed order from United States District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. said Cain will turn himself in to begin serving that sentence on Jan. 7.
Cain will spend his incarceration at the federal correctional institute in Edgefield, S.C., located about 25 miles north of Augusta. The prison is a medium security facility.
Cain is believed to have helped Lasseter and Fanning -- a county commissioner and zoning appeals board member, respectively -- leverage their political position in order to garner payoffs. He was paid $10,000 by an undercover agent posing as a businessman for brokering a deal that would guarantee Lasseter's approval of a proposed pawn shop on Boggs Road in Duluth.
Fanning and Cain are also believed to have traveled to New York in Sept. 2011 to obtain and deliver what they believed to be several kilograms of cocaine.
Lasseter began serving her own 33-month sentence earlier this month. Fanning has been in Gwinnett County jail since he was arrested Oct. 5 following an incident with his estranged wife.